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Is a 13" Macbook Pro enough to run Pro Tools LE 8 or 9?


Macbook Pro
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
250GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
I checked the specs and a few places say it can, others say it can't. Does anyone have this combo? I don't yet but I'm planning on it once I get some more information.
And I'll be using Pro Tools to record/mix Vocals and for Producing beats and occasionally recording live instruments if that makes a difference.
Also, I'll be using an external Harddrive like a Glyph Gt062e as my main hard drive, not the memory already on the Mac.
November 24, 2010 @11:29pm

Yes, it will work.
November 26, 2010 @01:10pm

I want to switch to pt 9 and am in the middle of a project with about 32 - 36 tracks before fx and plugins; can i successfully work with the cheapest macbook pro, whcih is what I would hope to purchase
November 26, 2010 @04:28pm
Joe Muscara

Why would you switch computers in the middle of a project? I'd wait until the project was finished, then switch computers. Make that be your next project.
November 27, 2010 @01:50pm

The smallest MacBook Pro will work fine, but if you were to upgrade to 8Gb of RAM then things will run flawlessly despite the size of the app.
December 6, 2010 @03:26pm

the reason to switch is that i am working in LE8 and getting sluggish or even crashing once i have my plugins for mix running. suggestions?
January 7, 2011 @09:34pm

I was recently in a store looking at apple products and I noted that the MacBook with the i5 processor was 1 second faster in opening garage band. While garage band isn't ProTools, the i5 processor was slightly faster. Hope this helps.
January 13, 2011 @03:19pm

I am running Pro Tools 9 on the MacBook Pro 13" 2.4GHz. It's fine for small sessions, but it can be choked easily by guitar sims (pod farm, waves GTR, Eleven, etc). Also, too many virtual instruments and it's choking again.
I'm selling mine and just biting the bullet to get a quad core iMac. I'd hate to lose the ability to be mobile, but I can't work seamlessly on the 2.4GHz 13" without buffer errors while tracking.
February 5, 2011 @06:21pm

I am thinking about getting a 13in 2.4 ghz mac book pro also. Hesitating now after reading these post. Should I just wait and get an 15in i5, or would a upgrade in ram to 8gb help the 13in. I am running protools 8 getting ready to switch to pt9.
February 13, 2011 @08:22pm

The only differnce between the i5/17 and core two duo is that the i5/i7 can hyper thread and run two virtual cores per physical core.
February 21, 2011 @06:27pm